International Building Code (IBC)
Do you know what a building code is? Well, I thought I did but I did not know the how, what, why, and when. So, lets try and give you an idea of why the IBC is essential to all builders.
A building code is a set of rules that specify the minimum acceptable level of safety for constructed objects such as buildings. The International Building Code (IBC) is a model building code developed by the International Code Council (ICC). A model building code has no legal status until it is adopted or adapted by government regulation. The IBC provides minimum standards to insure the public safety, health and welfare insofar as they are affected by building construction and to secure safety to life and property from all hazards incident to the occupancy of buildings, structures or premises.
The development of the International Building Code has been an advancement for the building and construction industry. It provides minimum standards to insure the public safety, health and welfare insofar as they are affected by building construction and to secure safety to life and property from all hazards incident to the occupancy of buildings, structures or premises.
The IBC is a single source document that is adopted across the United States. This allows contractors to learn one code instead of the several that use to exist depending on the region where the work was performed.
With the above in mind, is your contractor, builder or architect up to date on the building codes? Even with the going green initiatives along with all types of new materials that are being produced, they all have to follow building codes.
The building codes are published every three years. The 2012 international building code is now available.
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